Madrid Culinaria

Nov 10 - Nov 17, 2013 | Madrid, Spain
Oldways and Ronni Baer, Senior Curator of European Paintings

A glorious week for the culinaria in and around elegant and interesting Madrid, with excursions to El Escorial and Toledo, led by Oldways and Ronni Baer, Senior Curator of European Art at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.
 
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Guided tasting by wine expert Albert Martinez of The Grand Wines.
Guided wine tasting.
Welcome Dinner at Alkalde Restaurant, Madrid
Guided Walking Tour of Old Madrid
Churros and chocolate at Chocolatería de San Ginés.
Churros and chocolate at Chocolatería de San Ginés.
Plaza Mayor in Old Madrid
Botin, the oldest restaurant in the world (1725)
Lunch at Botin
Sara Baer-Sinnott, Oldways; Curator Mercedes González de Amezúa del Pino, Real Academia; Curator Ronni Baer, MFA, Boston
Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
Olive oil tasting with Fausto Luchetti, former Exec. Dir. of the International Olive Oil Council
Olive oil tasting
Cooking demo by Gabriela Llamas, La Huerta del Emperado
Chef Norberto Horge Garcia, Casa Benigna restaurant
Paella dinner at Casa Benigna
A day in Toledo, Spain
Primate Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo
Former synagogue in Toledo, Spain
View of Toledo from Vinedos Cigarral Santa Maria restaurant and winery.
Steven Elmets and Ronni Baer at Retiro Park, Madrid
The Prado Museum tour with Ronni Baer
Flamenco show at Corral de la Moreria
El Escorial, a UNESCO World Heritage site
El Escorial, a UNESCO World Heritage site
Charoles, a restaurant in the lovely town of San Lorenzo
Walking Food Tour of Old Madrid with Lauren Aloise (left)
Walking Food Tour: Cocido Madrileño (Madrilenian stew) cooked in individual clay pots at La Bola Restaurant, Madrid
Cooking class with Maria Llamas, Alambique cooking school, Madrid
Cooking class at Alambique, Madrid
Neil McCarthy and Lee Clark at farewell dinner from Palacio de Cibeles
Farewell dinner from Palacio de Cibeles
Fausto Luchetti; Chef Javier Muñoz García, Palacio de Cibeles Restaurant; Sara Baer-Sinnott

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Bienvenido a Madrid!
Opening Session at the Hotel Wellington. Sara Baer-Sinnott from Oldways and Ronni Baer of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, gave an overview of our week in Madrid. Introduction to Spanish wines, with a guided tasting, by wine expert Albert Martinez of The Grand Wines. Welcome dinner at Alkalde Restaurant
, a neighborhood restaurant specializing in the cuisine of the Basque region in the north of Spain.
 
Day 2: Old Madrid
Guided walking tour of Old Madrid
, in the epicenter of Madrid. A morning break for churros and chocolate at Chocolatería de San Ginés. Lunch at Botin, said to be the oldest restaurant in the world (1725), very close to the Plaza Mayor in Old Madrid. To the Mercado de San Miguel, for Spanish food specialties. Founded in 1916, and restored and reopened in 2009, the market is the last iron-covered market in Madrid.

Day 3: Treasures
Guided tour of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando with Curator Mercedes González de Amezúa del Pino. Guided olive oil tasting at Alambique Cooking School by 
Fausto Luchetti, former Executive Director of the International Olive Oil Council. Cooking demo of traditional Spanish tapas at the school, followed by lunch. Paella dinner
 at Casa Benigna, a restaurant known for its spectacular paella.

Day 4: Travel to Toledo
A day in Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage city just 43 miles south of Madrid, to visit the Cathedral, the Church of Santo Tomé, the Jewish quarter, and other important sites. Lunch at Vinedos Cigarral Santa Maria, a restaurant and winery with a panoramic view of the city.

Day 5: Food in Art—Art in Food

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, curator 
Ronni Baer guided us through the world-famous Prado Museum, focusing on the Spanish school. Flamenco show and dinner at Corral de la Moreria.

Day 6: Art and Manuscripts
A visit to El Escorial, a second UNESCO World Heritage site, which is a monastery, museum, and royal palace known for its priceless manuscripts and great works of art. Lunch at Charoles, a restaurant in the town of San Lorenzo, just below the Monastery of El Escorial.

Day 7: Food, Cooking, and Culture
Guests chose a tour: 1. Hands-on cooking class and lunch at Alambique; 2. Walking food tour
 of the Old City of Madrid’s food stores, markets, and cafes, followed by lunch; 3. Cultural visit to the Palacio Real, the Cathedral and the Convent of Corpus Christi, followed by lunch in the Plaza Mayor at Los Galoyos. To spectacular Palacio de Cibeles (designed by Antonio Palacios as the main post office), looking 
out over the twinkling lights of Madrid, for our Gala Farewell Dinner at this dramatic rooftop restaurant.

 

 

Madrid Culinaria Program
This program provides a day-by-day itinerary of the trip, information about the history, culture, food and wines of Madrid and Spain.
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